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Ole Miss

Trying to enroll the University of Mississippi’s first African American student, a group of unseasoned Justice Department officials and under-equipped U.S. marshals are pinned down by a 3,000-strong mob and rely on their courage and camaraderie to survive the night.

  • Mario Rivas
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    Historical, Civil RIghts
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  • Filmmatic Screenplay Awards
    Los Angeles, CA
    October 1, 2017
  • Stage 32 Happy Writer's contest
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Nicholl Fellowship
    Los Angeles, CA
    July 8, 2017
    Top 15%
Writer Biography - Mario Rivas

Mario Rivas is a lifelong film fan and storyteller. Originally from Mexico City, he graduated from USC's School of Cinematic Arts with a BA in Film Production. His screenplay OLE MISS was recently optioned by With Sugar Please LLC. Others have reached the quarterfinals of the Nicholl Fellowship (twice), the Austin Film Festival, American Zoetrope, Stage 32’s Happy Writers, and Shore Scripts; the finals of the Filmmatic Awards; and won at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival. Additionally, his short play “FLAT EARTHER” was produced at Little Fish Theater as part of their “Pick of the Vine” series and won a “Scenie” award. He works as an editor at NBCUniversal.

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Writer Statement

I see each of my screenplays as a laboratory where I can mix up themes, stories and characters in hopes of better understanding our world.